One of the most significant projects undertaken by the Athens County Arbor Day Committee is the revitalization of the Johnny Appleseed Memorial Highway.
As history tells us, John Chapman, known as Johnny Appleseed, traveled the Ohio country distributing apple seeds in clearings along stream banks and Indian trails. His efforts were to be the beginning of orchards that would benefit generations of farm families.
In 1950, the Garden Club Association of Ohio joined the State Highway Department to beautify and soften the impact of Ohio's developing highways. They focused on roadside plantings of crabapples, native trees and shrubs to accentuate scenic views, landscapes, and points of interest along the routes.
Because the heart of the project reflected the lifelong efforts of one early American who traveled and planted along many of Ohio's traces, trails, and streams, if is fittingly dedicated, "The Johnny Appleseed Memorial Highway."
Most recently, the Athens County Arbor Day Committee was proud to add the newest Memorial Planting, located along the Athens County stretch of Route 33.
Keeping the Johnny Appleseed tradition alive is one of our goals and we encourage individuals and communities to join us in revitalizing this project. If you would like to be part of our organization or would like to contribute to our efforts, please contact us.
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